So the answer to knife crime is to get people caught carrying a knife to pop down to the local A & E to see the consequences. Fantastic, that ought to cure it. Was that really a cogent & realistic suggestion? Did anyone ask the hospitals, speak with the doctors? what about the knife victims?
MPs are very well paid (apart from the tens/hundreds of thousands they weedle in expenses). They can call on a whole army of civil servants who actually do all the research & donkey work for them, and can access any number of quangos & research companies, so why is it that government policy appears to be not so much basic research which is mulled over, looked into, discussed, re-researched & discussed some more until a working policy emerges & more like a random member of the government appearing on the quiz show ‘Just a Minute’ and being asked to spout everything they can on the possibilities of cutting knife-crime for 60 seconds, no matter how ridiculous?
I’m reminded of the time that Tony Blair announced that the police would be hauling drunken yobs to the nearest cash-point to relieve them of a fine. Sounds good, total bollocks.
When my arse makes noises I’m usually sitting on a porcelain bog with a copy of the Sunday Times on my lap. When a member of the government talks through their arse, national policy is formed.
Prison sentences do little to deter, at least on their own, the reason is that people don’t think they will get caught so the fact that there is a prison sentence of 4 weeks or 4 years is immaterial to someone who wants to commit the crime. What you need to do is make it more likely that someone will actually be caught. If every car was tracked by satellite & you got a fine every single time you broke the speed limit I’d guess you’d pretty soon not speed, if the fine was just increased to £1,000 & 9 points the chances are you’d still speed because you know where the speed cameras are & you are careful about checking for police vehicles so the chances of getting caught are minimal.
You can’t increase the chances of getting caught when you’ve taken police officers off the streets, the ones that are available to catch them are too busy responding to long lists of waiting jobs.
And you can’t up the anti with the prison sentence idea when you have let the prison service rot for years with no investment in the infrastructure such that you have to let most of those already there out early & every couple of years have to house them in police cells because they’re full up, again.